Directors and Officers

 

Ernst Kroiss

Ernst Kroiss

President

Ernst Kroiss was born In the town of Vöcklabruck, in Upper Austria. Growing up in the nearby small picturesque town of Bad-Wimsbach Neydharting, he attended school in Bad Wimsbach and Lambach, followed by an Apprenticeship for Tool & Die Maker as well as Mould maker. After finishing his Austrian military service he emigrated to Canada in 1968, in his youthful enthusiams to explore new opportunities.

After a career in the Plastics Industry and as an instructor at George Brown College in Toronto, he is now employed as a Tool Room Coordinator for a large plastics manufacturer.

Being a "Herzen's Österreicher" who is proud of his heritage, he has been active in the Austrian community for the past 30 years, and has served as Director and Vice President of the Canadian-Austrian Society since 1984, after having been recruited by Dr. Manfred Straka.

Ernst is married to Linda (Bauer) since 1984, and they have two children. Daughter Brittney is currently studying in Vancouver, and son Robert is studying in Toronto.

Following his election by the Board of Directors, Ernst Kroiss has assumed the presidency of the Canadian-Austrian Society of Toronto on January 1, 2014.

Herbert Wolf

Herbert Wolf

Vice President

Known by the regular attendees of Ball Austria as the ball MC for many years now, Herbert Wolf's roots in Austria stretch from West to East. Born in Tirol, he initially grew up in Imst, site of the first SOS Childrens' Village, until his family relocated to Vienna. After completing his high school education and military service, Herbert's spirit of adventure took him to New York, where he worked for the Austrian National Tourist Office, before joining Austrian Airlines.

Herbert came to Toronto in 1985 with his wife Veronica and their son Brian, as representative of Austrian Airlines for Canada. His persistent lobbying finally resulted in the opening of the Toronto-Vienna flight in 2001. He subsequently moved on into the tour business and in 2010 Herbert and Veronica launched their own company – LomaVer Tours. Herbert is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and has recently served as president of the Toronto North Club of Skal International, a travel industry organization. In 2009 Herbert was awarded the Decoration of Merit in Gold by the Austrian Republic, for his contribution to Austrian Tourism and his work with the Canadian-Austrian Society. The organization's focus on promoting Austrian culture in Canada was probably his primary reason for making himself available to serve on the board and contribute to the success of the Canadian-Austrian Society. Herbert is proud grandfather of two grandchildren.

Astrid von Czieslik2

Astrid von Czieslik

Vice-President

Astrid von Czieslik spent her youth in Graz and Vienna. She graduated with senior matriculation from the private "Institut der Ursulinen" in Graz. Her education continued at the University of Innsbruck, then spreading her wings to attend the City University of London in the United Kingdom, where she graduated with a BScN. A holiday in Canada expanded her horizon greatly and she accepted a position at the Foothiils General Hospital in Calgary in 1967. Later on, she followed the trend to the dynamic city of Toronto, where she worked in senior capacities with Cooper of Canada, CIBC and Moore Corporation.

It was her privilege to have served as a Director of the Purchasing Management Association, Toronto Chapter, for several terms. As a member of Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club, she still loves to keep her sailboat out on the lake in a stiff breeze. In calmer waters however, she loves to attend the theatre, the opera and symphonies, and continuous to be an aficionado of the arts.

Canada prides itself to be a multicultural society, thus it is Astrid's opinion that the image of Austrian Culture should continue to have a  high profile within this nation. As a dedicated Austrian she considers it her duty to be a member of the Board of the Canadian-Austrian Society, to do the utmost within her ability to promote its causes and to to keep it vibrant and going forward.


Christine Meyer2

Christine Meyer

Past President
1999-2013

Christine Meyer was born and educated in Salzburg, Austria. After matriculation in Salzburg she studied at the College of Commerce in Birmingham and the University of Cambridge in England. After gathering business experience in Austria she followed the call for new adventures and immigrated to Canada, where she fulfilled many dreams of her youth and developed her full potential in the business world; she became a licensed pilot, she took up sailing and even, albeit only once, car racing. All this not in the least to the detriment of her professional ambitions which made her into the accomplished and experienced Canadian business woman she is today, valued by clients and associates for her ability, knowledge and expertise.

Never has she lost her connection to her homeland and has remained a staunch supporter of all things Austrian, becoming a member and a Director of the Canadian Austrian Society of Toronto at its inception in 1968. She was elected President of the Society in 1999 and has served in that capacity with untiring enthusiasm through 2013. She has been actively involved in strengthening Austrian-Canadian relations by bringing together both Austrians as well as Canadians with special interest in Austria, its people and culture. For her many services to the Republic of Austria she was awarded the Decoration of Merit in Gold by the President of the Republic of Austria in 2003. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Austrian Canadian Council she was also awarded the Council's Gold Medal in 2012 for furthering the ACC's and the Canadian-Austrian Society's goals and for her exceptional work on their behalf.

After a courageous battle with cancer, Christine passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family in Salzburg, Austria, on November 29, 2015, at the age of 75.